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Ford with SunPower. Let the sun in.

January 8, 2014 in Solar, Transportation

Did you hear? Ford revealed its new Ford C-Max Solar Energi concept car at CES 2014 ; a car equipped with 300W of semi-flexible rooftop solar (Sunpower) that can run quasi-entirely on solar charging without need to draw energy from the electric grid. The innovation in the system lies not only in the high-efficiency solar [...]

Pedaling my way to the Velorution Bike Workshop.

April 28, 2013 in Transportation

The Velorution Bike Workshop is run and operated by volunteers to help people fix up their bicycles. In Paris, the workshop is open Tuesdays and Thursday from 16h-21h, and Sundays from 14h-19h. This place is just. awesome. I recently bought a bike off Craigslist for an upcoming bike trip in the Netherlands. It was a great [...]

ATDynamics. Making trucks more fuel-efficient.

January 1, 2013 in Efficiency, Transportation

Are you worried about your car having a low gas mileage?  Now think about a freight truck – which weighs about 10x a normal car, hovers at about 4-7 mpg and clocks in 80,000-100,000 miles.  Per year.  That truck’s fuel budget is about $58k per year, and its carbon footprint is 148 metric tons of [...]

Boosted Boards. The World’s Lightest Electric Vehicle.

September 14, 2012 in Transportation

Boosted Boards, based in Palo Alto, CA, has designed an electric-powered longboard with 2.6 horsepower and regenerative breaking, and the technology is positioned not only as an improved skateboard, but as the world’s lightest electric vehicle.   The Boosted Board is a technical wonder: it has a top speed of 20 mph (kind of like a [...]

EcoXPower. Ride your bike, charge your iPhone.

August 27, 2012 in Transportation

Bike lovers, listen up. San Diego-based Grace Digital is an audio electronics company that recently changed gears (pun intended) to develop the EcoXPower, a generator kit that easily attaches to the hub of the front wheel of a bicycle, designed to power both LED bicycle lights and a smartphone or GPS system.   A “hub dynamo” is [...]

Marché sur l’eau. Local food baskets – delivered by boat.

June 6, 2012 in Efficiency, Transportation

Marché sur l’eau (“Market on the Water”, or “Walk on Water” cleverly playing on the double meaning of “marché” in French), is a Paris-based non-profit organization delivering fresh produce baskets from local producers via canalway transport. It’s no Venice, but Paris has quite a developed canal system dating back to early 19th century when Napoleon I ordered [...]

Solar Impulse. The revenge of Icarus.

May 17, 2012 in Solar, Transportation

I was inspired to approach the topic of low-carbon travel, after reading Sustainable Energy – without the hot air and realizing that no matter how much effort you make in your daily life to reduce your carbon emissions and live efficiently – take shorter showers, turn down the heat, avoid using a car, eat less meat – as [...]

BlablaCar. Share the cost!

March 26, 2012 in Transportation

Founded in 2006, BlablaCar is a European car-sharing website with over 1.6 million members in France, Spain, and the UK.  The site connects drivers with empty seats and paying passengers — with the objective to reduce cost and carbon emissions for all involved.  And above all, the site encourages social “blabla” fixtures such as profiles [...]

SolarFuel. Smart Energy Conversion.

March 23, 2012 in Energy Storage, Solar, Transportation, Wind

SolarFuel, a Stuttgart, Germany-based startup, is developing a Power-to-Gas (P2G) technology which converts wind and solar-generated electricity  into “storable” synthetic CO2-neutral natural gas. The key challenge facing the successful integration of renewable sources (re. solar, wind) into grid infrastructure is intermittency. Renewable electricity is generated irregularly – when the sun is shining or the wind is [...]

Hiriko. A folding electric vehicle.

January 30, 2012 in Transportation

The Hiriko, meaning “Urban Car” in Basque, is a folding electric vehicle with ultra-maneuverability, designed for crowded cities. Developed at MIT Media Lab’s Changing Places group, the Hiriko is a project led by seven small Basque firms and was successfully unveiled at the European Commission last week. The technical splendor behind the Hiriko are the [...]

MotionPower. Harnessing excess vehicle energy.

January 23, 2012 in Transportation

New Jersey-based New Energy Technologies Inc. is developing MotionPowerTM technologies which convert excess kinetic energy from a moving vehicle into usable electricity. Typically, as a vehicle slows down or comes to a stop, the vehicle’s kinetic energy is dissipated as heat.  The MotionPower system however, as with regenerative braking that we see in hybrid and electric vehicles, [...]

SkySails. New energy for shipping.

January 11, 2012 in Transportation, Wind

SkySails, located in Hamburg, Germany, is the market leader in wind propulsion by automated towing kite systems.  In other words, SkySails designs high-altitude flying kites attached to cargo ships that essentially “pull” the ships, reducing the ship’s fuel costs and CO2 emissions by 10-35%. As we’ve seen with Makani Power and Altaeros, high-altitude wind is [...]